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Glider/LAM protomech designs
« on: 02 May 2018, 13:20:31 »
I know that there aren't any canon Glider/LAM protomech units apart from the Svartalfa (which is somewhat subpar, IMO). Several references to Glider/LAM protomechs in WoR and Interstellar Operations makes me feel like there should be more out there, in use by the Ravens or the "former" Society. 

Glider/LAM protomechs are very fragile (especially in an age with HAGs everywhere), and it seems to me that they should be built to be much faster to jack up their TMM and are therefore best used as scouts or harassers either on the edge of battle or behind enemy lines where there are few defenses against them at all.

What seems like the best weapon system to go for?

LB-2X - I know it's been done before with the Minotaur 2, but being a glider might actually give it the LOS to use LBX effectively
4-5x Streak 1 tubes (sort of an LBX cluster shot without the -1TH)
4-5x Streak 2 tubes (an ER-SRM of sorts)
3-4x SPLs (strafing would be fun but would probably be suicidal)

Ideal speed would need to be at least 7/11, if not more. You can probably get away with 40pts of armor and invest the rest into speed.

Thoughts?
« Last Edit: 03 May 2018, 10:30:08 by Crow »
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Re: Glider/LAM protomech designs
« Reply #1 on: 03 May 2018, 15:48:50 »
I'd probable run with a PAC/2, some Streak-1's and at least one SPL for kicks.

Gives me a hole puncher at range and some Streak love for the win!

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Re: Glider/LAM protomech designs
« Reply #2 on: 03 May 2018, 16:21:46 »

What about a WIGE variant of the Hippogriff?
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Re: Glider/LAM protomech designs
« Reply #3 on: 03 May 2018, 16:33:40 »
I'd probable run with a PAC/2, some Streak-1's and at least one SPL for kicks.

Gives me a hole puncher at range and some Streak love for the win!

While that definitely smacks of "delicious non-optimized FASA flavor," I'm still inclined to say "hmmmm...."

The PAC2 has a range of 20 and with 20 rounds (so you can use Precision ammo and have 10 shots), weighs in at 4 tons. This puts our Proto into LPL range.

Whereas a LRM2 with 12 shots is about 600kg and a Streak LRM2 is 1000kg. Sure, they don't get the -2 from the Precision rounds, but I'm not sure if it's worth 3 tons for that.

I guess on the other hand, we want our LAM Proto to do enough damage to be annoying but be hard enough to hit to get away with it.
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Re: Glider/LAM protomech designs
« Reply #4 on: 03 May 2018, 16:34:34 »
What about a WIGE variant of the Hippogriff?

Can't do that, Gliders have to be Ultraheavy :/

Although what I have in mind is basically an Ultraheavy Hippogriff :D
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